Round and Round the Jew­ish Year: Vol­ume 4 Iyar-Av

Tzi­po­ra Rosen­berg; Ruth Bei­fus, illus.
  • Review
By – November 2, 2011
This is the sec­ond book to be trans­lat­ed from this 1977 Hebrew series, spans the four months of the Jew­ish cal­en­dar from Iyar through Av. The book con­tains an eclec­tic set of sto­ries and expla­na­tions sur­round­ing the major Jew­ish events occur­ring in each month. Although the con­tent is def­i­nite­ly writ­ten for an Ortho­dox Jew­ish audi­ence, there are so many dif­fer­ent sto­ries, poems and anec­dotes to choose from, it will appeal to any­one inter­est­ed in read­ing more about both the major and minor hol­i­days. Jew­ish edu­ca­tors will espe­cial­ly like the child-friend­ly expla­na­tions of events such as count­ing the Omer, Lag BaOmer, and why there are five dif­fer­ent names for Shavous. There are numer­ous para­bles, sto­ries and even a rid­dle or two tying in with the his­toric events of long ago. The hol­i­day of Shavous, for exam­ple, is embell­ished with tales about Har Sinai, an expla­na­tion of what a sofer does and even the com­plete sto­ry of Ruth. The book is par­tic­u­lar­ly enhanced by the vibrant and appeal­ing illus­tra­tions accom­pa­ny­ing the text. This is a won­der­ful resource to com­ple­ment both a reli­gious school library and the home library of any fam­i­ly want­i­ng the nit­ty-grit­ty details of Jew­ish events for these four months of the year.

Mar­cia Ber­neger is a retired teacher who lives with her hus­band and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and sec­ond grade, as well as spe­cial edu­ca­tion. She cur­rent­ly teach­es Torah school, in addi­tion to her vol­un­teer work in class­rooms, libraries, and with var­i­ous fundrais­ers. She lives in San Diego.

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